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Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd MP

Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd MP

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First broadcast: Sun 13 Jun 1993

Speaker of the House of Commons, Politician - Labour

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her Yorkshire childhood, her venture south to join a dance troupe, and her much-vaunted but nevertheless fleeting appearance as a Tiller Girl. She'll also be discussing how she made history last year when she became the first woman to be elected Speaker, and also the first to be elected from the opposition benches since 1835.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Jacques Offenbach

1.

Jacques Offenbach

Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

Orchestra: L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

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Bud Flanagan

2.

Bud Flanagan

Underneath The Arches

Artist: Thomas Allen

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Judy Garland

3.

Castaway's favourite

Judy Garland

Rock-a-Bye Your Baby

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sleeping Beauty - Rose Adagio

Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: John Lanchbery

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Plácido Domingo

6.

Plácido Domingo

Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz

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Ethel Merman

8.

Ethel Merman

There's No Business Like Show Business

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Book

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

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Luxury item

Mace of the House of Commons

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